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Myanmar police open fire on protesters in Mandalay leaving at least two dead, say reports

February 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A police truck uses a water cannon to disperse protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar ratcheted up their pressure against anti-coup protesters Saturday, using water cannons, tear gas, slingshots and rubber bullets against demonstrators and striking dock workers in Mandalay, the nation's second-largest city. (AP Photos)

Police opened fire on protesters in the Myanmar city of Mandalay on Saturday, leaving at least two dead, according to volunteer emergency workers cited by Reuters and AFP news agencies who have reporters on the ground.

(CNN)Police opened fire on protesters in the Myanmar city of Mandalay on Saturday, leaving at least two dead, according to volunteer emergency workers cited by Reuters and AFP news agencies who have reporters on the ground.

Stringers for CNN confirm that live rounds and tear gas were used to disperse people at an anti-coup protest in the city.

In video seen by CNN a large crowd of people can be seen running away from the police and taking cover behind whatever shelter they can find.

"Twenty people were injured and two are dead," said Ko Aung, a leader of the Parahita Darhi volunteer emergency service told Reuters.

"Two people were killed and about 30 others injured, AFP reported, citing Hlaing Min Oo, the head of a Mandalay-based volunteer emergency rescue team.

A young woman died on Friday after a fatal shot to the head during the anti-coup protests last week.

She was the first known casualty of the pro-democracy protests that have been ongoing for two weeks, following the military's seizure of power on February 1.

Protests and civil disobedience movements against the military coup on February 1 have been the biggest in decades, with thousands calling for Suu Kyi to be released from detention and power be handed back to civilian control.

Concerns had been growing over the potential for violence in Myanmar as anti-coup protesters urge supporters to take to the streets en masse, in defiance of the military generals who have deployed troops in major cities.

The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Tom Andrews, said earlier in the week he was "terrified" of the potential for violence if the planned mass protests and military troops converge.

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